Queer Punk Band PWR BTTM Drops New Video, Announces New Album Release Date

PWR BTTM offered fans some major news this week: they’ve got a new video and there’s a release date for their upcoming album.

The breakout queer punk duo, made up of Ben Hopkins and Liv Bruce, has developed an international cult following over the last few years. Not only do the pair bring visibility to queer themes and ideas, they also speak to the joy and pain of young queer people and their experiences. 

Their new video is for a track entitled “Big Beautiful Day” and can be viewed above. Their upcoming album, “Pageant,” is slated for release on May 12.

”’Big Beautiful Day’ is about radical optimism: about looking past those who try and bring you down with irreverence and positivity,” Hopkins told The Huffington Post. “The song title itself is something my mom said, about how life is huge and exciting and we can’t waste it letting those who try to hurt us win. I’ve spent so much time in my life sitting in my apartment thinking I am the only person in the world who feels the feelings I’ve felt, and the thing that has always pulled me out of that is the support of my friends and family. For the video, I wanted to have a dance party with all the people I love and just truly, completely enjoy life and ignore hatred for a little while.”

With Rolling Stone naming the duo’s hit “Projection” as the 6th best song of 2016, we’re beyond stoked to hear the new album from PWR BTTM. Stay tuned to HuffPost Queer Voices for more from these two.

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United Airlines Pilot Is Removed From Plane After Bizarre Intercom Rant

Major Winter Storm Due To Pound U.S. Northeast

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A major winter storm is expected to dump 8 to 16 inches (20 to 40 cm) of snow on parts of the U.S. Northeast on Sunday night and Monday, prompting storm warnings from upstate New York to northern Maine, the U.S. National Weather Service said.

The weather stands to disrupt travel, likely to result in major airline delays and cancellations, and slow economic activity in much of New England, AccuWeather.com reported.

“Even away from the storm, airline disruptions can occur as flight crews are displaced,” AccuWeather said.

A low-pressure system tracking eastward across the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic region was due for “rapid

intensification” on Sunday night and Monday morning after it passes through the New England coast.

“It will become a powerful nor’easter with blizzard conditions expected for parts of Maine as the winds become quite strong,” the weather service said.

Coastal New England could experience flooding, and widespread windy conditions with potential gusts greater than 50 mph (80 kph) expected as far west as the central Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic region, the weather service said.

“At this time, the corridor expected to be in the bulls-eye of heaviest snow will be portions of central and eastern Maine, including Bangor and Bar Harbor,” AccuWeather said.

The Northeast is coming off the fiercest snowstorm of the winter, which dumped more than a foot (30 cm) of snow in some areas on Thursday, causing thousands of flights to be canceled and schools to be closed.

(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Andrea Ricci)

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Most Americans Think Donald Trump Is Meeting Their Expectations

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Two weeks into his presidency, 78 percent of Americans say Donald Trump is meeting their expectations, according to a new CNN/ORC poll out Friday. Only 21 percent expressed surprise at his performance so far.

But doing the job in line with Americans’ expectations isn’t necessarily a good thing. Just 42 percent of Americans think Trump is meeting expectations in a good way.

Thirty-five percent say he’s meeting their expectations of a poor performance in office. Just 3 percent say he’s handling the office in an unexpectedly good way, while 17 percent say he’s doing a worse job than they anticipated.

Of course, views of Trump’s performance are split along partisan lines. Republicans overwhelmingly view his first two weeks in a positive light: 83 percent say he’s doing as they expected in a good way, and another 6 percent say he’s surprised them in a good way.

Conversely, 55 percent of Democrats say he’s doing what they expected and that’s bad, while another 30 percent say he’s doing unexpectedly badly. Independents are almost evenly split.

Trump’s job approval rating overall is 44 percent in the CNN/ORC poll, with 53 percent disapproving of how he’s handling the job. That’s the lowest approval rating the poll has ever recorded for a new president, going all the way back to Dwight Eisenhower. Trump claimed the title from Ronald Reagan, who had an approval rating of 51 percent in 1981.

Trump’s approval ratings have varied quite a bit in his first two weeks in office, depending on which poll you look at. CNN/ORC’s 44 percent is in line with the HuffPost Pollster aggregate. Disapproval is slightly lower, at 50 percent in the HuffPost Pollster chart.

There have been 19 approval rating polls released in the first two weeks of Trump’s administration, ranging from an approval rating 18 points higher than disapproval, to 9 points underwater. Most polls have shown the president’s disapproval is higher than his approval.

Trump doesn’t fare much better on policy areas. A majority disapproves of how he’s handling terrorism, health care policy, immigration and foreign affairs. Slight pluralities approve of his performance on the economy and national security.

The CNN/ORC poll was conducted via landline and cellular telephones from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, and consists of 1,002 American adults. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points for the full sample, +/- 5.5 percentage points for Democrats, +/- 6 percentage points for Republicans, and +/- 4.5 percentage points for independents.

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